Wildlife holidays in Brazil
Tell me about Brazil …
Brazil is the largest country in South America and the fifth largest in the world. It was a Portuguese colony from 1500 until its independence in 1822.
In the north, low dry woodland, damp grasslands and gallery forest along the banks of a meandering river system create a mixed variety of habitats. Further south the woodland is relieved by broad expanses of swamp and marsh which are recognised as one of the most important wetland areas in the Neotropics.
The vast empty lowlands of the Pantanal extend southwards from the plateau of the Mato Grosso in Brazil to the borders with Paraguay and Bolivia. This area is roughly the size of France and sparsely populated.
Our Brazil specialist recommends..
"Our ‘Brazil – Just Jaguars’ holiday is a spectacular way to spend 12 days in Brazil with the Jaguar being the obvious highlight with many other such as the Hyacinth Macaw and the Giant River Otter. Explore the Pantanal by foot, boat and by vehicle."
Whats special about the wildlife?
Brazils vast area comprises a number of different ecosystems, including the Amazon, which is recognised as having the greatest biodiversity in the world. New species are regularly found in the Amazon, and scientists estimate that the total number of plant and animal species found here is about 4 million!
The relative lack of human disturbance in the Brazilian Pantanal and the open nature of the habitat mean that wildlife is often easier to observe than elsewhere in South America.
Naturetrek tours to Brazil
Naturetrek offers various bird watching and wildlife holidays to Brazil. From birds and mammals in the Pantanal and Iguazu Falls, to a bargain bird watching tour exploring Brazils endemic rich Atlantic rainforests.
Some highlights of a Brazil wildlife tour:
- Rare Marsh Deer at the edge of the Pantanal wetland & herds of Red Brocket Deer in the adjoining woodlands
- Brown Capuchin Monkeys & Black Howler Monkeys
- Endangered Giant River Otters, which often approach to within a few metres of observers
- The stunning Iguazu Falls
- A fantastic variety of bird life from Jabiru Storks & trogons to hummingbirds & toucans
- Herds of Capybara, the world’s largest rodent, plus Caimans (New World crocodiles)
WHAT YOU'VE BEEN SAYING ABOUT OUR Brazil HOLIDAYS
Braulio Carlos made this trip the success it was with his knowledge, skill and patience. Without his knowledge of wildlife, mammals and birds I doubt we would have seen half the stuff we saw. His patience was outstanding because of all the endless questions he had to endure. I have nothing but the highest respect for him and his knowledge of the Pantanal.
Paulo Ribeiro was an excellent, charming guide with very good 'people skills' as well as being excellent at spotting birds and wildlife. He wouldn't rest until we all had good views of the giant anteater! Whilst the accommodation at Pouso Allegre was basic, it was perfectly adequate and Louis, the owner, was helpful and brought in frogs and snakes for us to see, and reported seeing tapir on his land so we went out and saw them for ourselves. The Flotel was a much higher standard than we expected. The boat used for jaguar spotting was ideal for the size of group. All in all, we had a great holiday with around 17 sightings of jaguar which was way and above what we expected. We would not hesitate to recommend this trip to friends with similar interests and expectations.
The guide was excellent, very friendly and sociable with a very good all round knowledge of the local fauna. The wildlife experience was also excellent with a total of 8 different Jaguars sighted at close quarters along with Giant River Otters and an Ocelot at the SouthWild Lodge on the way home.